The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Dudley borough during its final journey through England this summer.
Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay, a journey which started at the Cardiff games in 1958 and is currently travelling around all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before concluding its journey at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on July 28.
On Sunday, July 24, Dudley borough will officially welcome the baton, which will visit several locations in Dudley, Brierley Hill, Halesowen and Stourbridge.
These include the Waterfront, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley Zoo & Castle, Halesowen Fun Run, Mary Stevens Park and the Red House Glass Cone.
Members of the public are being encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the baton, taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 in their community.
Councillor Patrick Harley, leader elect of Dudley Council, said: "The Queen’s Baton Relay will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for Dudley.
"We’re immensely proud to welcome the Queen’s Baton to our borough after its long journey across the globe.
"We’re organising a number of events where our residents will be able to see the baton and get involved in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games."
Thousands of baton-bearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the baton during the journey through England, including those nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community.
Earlier this week the full route around the West Midlands was confirmed.
The baton will travel through Staffordshire, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Shropshire, before finishing in Birmingham.
The full route is:
Monday, July 18 – Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, and Shrewsbury
Tuesday, July 19 – Ironbridge, Telford, Newport, Lilleshall, Stafford, Stone, Rudyard, and Leek
Wednesday, July 20 – Uttoxeter, Burton upon Trent, Lichfield, Burntwood, Chasewater, and Tamworth
Thursday, July 21 - Bodymoor Heath, Atherstone, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton, Bedworth, Rugby, and Coventry
Friday, July 22 – Kenilworth, Whitnash, Warwick, Gaydon, Stratford-upon-Avon, Broadway, Pershore, Upton-upon-Severn, Malvern, and Worcester
Saturday, July 23– Redditch, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Bridgnorth, Codsall, Rugeley, Hednesford, Cannock, and Walsall
Sunday, July 24 – Wolverhampton, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Dudley, Brierley Hill
Monday, July 25 – Oldbury, Wednesbury, Tipton, Cradley Heath, Rowley Regis, Blackheath, Bearwood, Smethwick, and West Bromwich
Tuesday, July 26 - Castle Bromwich, Fordbridge, Chelmsley Wood, Marston Green, Hampton in Arden, Meriden, Berkswell, Balsall Common, Knowle, Dorridge, Cheswick Green, Hockley Heath, Dickens Heath, Shirley, and Solihull
Wednesday, July 27, & Thursday, July 20 – Birmingham (full route through the host city will be announced in due course)